If you’ve never made eating breakfast a priority, there’s no better time to start than now! September is actually and officially called “Better Breakfast Month.” Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, and it really IS pretty important! Starting the day off by eating a balanced breakfast helps you on your journey toward better health and improved overall well-being! Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic have some helpful breakfast tips for you to start embracing the idea of starting each day with a better breakfast. Let’s start by exploring the benefits of a healthy breakfast.
Why Should We Eat Breakfast?
There are numerous health benefits to eating a healthy morning meal each day. Besides the obvious reason—so you don’t start your day off with a rumbling stomach—studies have shown there are great benefits to eating a healthy breakfast every day. One such advantage is a decreased risk of a heart attack. Several studies have been conducted verifying how important breakfast is to cardiovascular health. One particular study found that “skipping breakfast was associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease.” Eating a balanced breakfast each day is also linked to improved brain function. Children who eat breakfast every day perform better at school. They have better concentration, memory, coordination, and problem-solving skills. For this reason, preparing a healthy breakfast for the whole family should be a priority.
What Does a Healthy Breakfast include?
As you know, not all breakfasts are created equal. When considering what to eat and serve for breakfast, try to choose foods that are nutrient-rich. A complete breakfast should include a balance of all the food groups. When you eat a variety of food groups, they all work together to supply your body with protein, carbohydrates, fat, and fiber to help you stay full and function well. Carbohydrates give you the energy you need to start your day and are the main fuel source for your brain. Protein will help with building lean muscle, maintaining a healthy weight, and curbing hunger.
Here are some examples of what to include in your better breakfasts:
- Protein – Eggs, lean meat, cottage cheese, and milk are all good sources of protein. Eggs made into an omelet stuffed with low-fat cheese and fresh veggies and served with a slice of whole-grain toast is a complete and nutritious option.
- Fruits and Vegetables – Mixing fruits and vegetables into a smoothie is a great way to get the recommended daily servings of this essential food group. Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and a scoop of whole-grain granola is an excellent source of both protein and fiber.
- Carbohydrates – When choosing cereals, bread, or bagels, make sure to choose whole grains, and aim for more complex carbs. Additionally, a higher fiber content will help you stay satisfied longer. Whole grain oats are also a good option since they are a great source of fiber and can also help lower cholesterol.
Plan for Success!
Having a breakfast menu planned before your grocery shopping trip will ensure you have several healthy options available to choose from. Some menu options take more prep than others, so planning is essential to ensure you eat a healthy breakfast. Rather than grabbing a donut as you’re heading out the door, take a few minutes the night before to prep a well-balanced breakfast!
In addition to eating a nutritious breakfast for better health, regular visits to Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can also have tremendous health benefits! At Greater Life Chiropractic, our goal is to assist you and your family in building healthy habits, so you all feel your best! Contact us today to set up an appointment to explore all the health advantages of chiropractic care!
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